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Blood donation requirements in Mexico

Below is a sample list of blood donor requirements in Mexico (translated to English). Consult your clinic, hospital or health care professional to see about the specific requirements for you to give blood. Note that wait times can be long, sometimes up to a full business day. You will likely be asked to go to a specific hospital at a specific time, early in the morning. Late arrivals will likely not be accepted.

Hospitals will ask for blood donations for the amounts equivalent to what the patient will need and sometimes more. They ask family and friends of the patient to donate to ensure that the blood bank has enough supply. They will sometimes ask for a specific blood type (the patient’s blood type) but they also usually welcome donors from other blood types, again in order to replenish the stock. The newspapers and television will often publicize a request for blood donors for a specific patient. It always feels nice to do a good deed!

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SAMPLE REQUIREMENTS TO DONATE BLOOD

  • Be older than 18 years of age and younger than 65 years of age
  • Weigh more than 50 kg and less than 100 kg
  • Have not consumed solid foods or liquids such as: soup, milk or dairy products or coffee (water, natural juice and fruit is allowed) in the last 6 hours
  • Show identification (usually a passport, FM3, Mexican voter’s card, if the donation is at the Instituto Mexicano de Seguro Social (IMSS) or other social medical service, they may ask for your membership card if you have one but they will likely not accept a foreign or Mexican driver’s license as ID)
  • Not have donated blood in the last 45 days
  • Not arrive tired or after having not slept well
  • Not have fasted for more than 12 hours

Temporary causes for rejecting a blood donor

  • Having a cold, cough, diarrhea, fever, cold sores or viral sores (herpes) or other infection
  • Having recently had parasite illnesses, typhoid, dengue
  • In the case of women: being pregnant, menstruating, breast feeding
  • Having done the following in the last year: piercings, tattoos, acupuncture
  • Having received a blood transfusion in the last 12 months
  • Having lost more than 10% of your body weight or more in the last 2 months
  • Unexplained diarrhea
  • Having drank alcohol in the last 48 hours
  • Having taken medications such as aspirin (ASA), analgesics, some antibiotics and other medications (consult the doctor or nurse at the clinic about your specific medications)
  • Having received a vaccine in the last month
  • Smoke more than 3 cigarettes per day

Causes for rejecting a blood donor

  • Using or having used intravenous or inhaled drugs
  • Having suffered from: hepatitis, convulsions, seizures, attacks, fainting, epilepsy, asthma, Chagas disease (parasite), cancer, leukemia, hemophilia, diabetes, heart disease or illnesses such as hypertension, even if controlled, arthritis, hormone or thyroid-related illness
  • Having suffered renal failure or renal complications
  • Having had risky practices or a risky background such as homosexual, bisexual activity, having been with a prostitute or having had more than one sexual partner in the past 12 months
  • Having been jailed or in a detention or mental health facility
  • Being a health worker

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